CNET First Look
Iomega eGo Portable Mac EditionMac and PC users alike will appreciate the Iomega eGo Portable's triple interface connectivity that lets you choose from USB 2.0, FireWire 400, and FireWire 800.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:05 >> Hey, what's up, guys? I'm Justin Yu, Associate Editor for CNET.com, here to give you a quick review of this Editor's Choice winning External Hard Drive. It's the Iomega eGo Portable Mac Edition. Now, we don't usually give out these awards very often, but this drive definitely earns it with a unique triple interface design that lets you transfer data via USB, FireWire 400 and FireWire 800. Now, the drive comes in three versions, 500 gigs in ruby red, 320 in dark blue and 205 gigs in alpine white. Now, all of the drives come preformatted to work with Macs right out of the box. But you can easily format the drive back to FAT32 to make it work with Windows. All right, so let's take a quick look at the design of the drive. Now, the triple interface makes it slightly longer than Iomega's previous drives. But overall, the size is easy to transport. And it's pretty light, too. Now, the exterior has a slightly glittery finish. But don't be fooled by the snazzy colors. Each of the portables include Iomega's drop guard feature that protects it from up to a 42-inch drop, which should be more than enough to defend it against whatever you have in your bag. Now, in terms of price and performance, Iomega also has them in the bag. In our cost per gigabyte analysis, the eGo's 34 cents per gig isn't the cheapest drive out there right now, but it's well within the average, especially if you consider the comparison only has USB 2.0. Now, check out our full review for more details. But needless to say, FireWire is a data transfer's best friend. No surprise here. But while the rest of USB 2.0 drive has registered an average 24 megabytes per second, the FireWire 800 port on this eGo clocked in at 64.33 megs per second. Now, if you're using a Mac with FireWire 400, or even better, FireWire 800, you will definitely benefit from this eGo's super fast throughput. So I'm Justin Yu, and you just watched a first look of the Iomega eGo Portable Mac Edition, an editor's choice winner in the External Hard Drive category. Thanks for watching.